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10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players don’t need to be best friends

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first_imgSolskjaer: Man Utd players don’t need to be best friendsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his players do not need to be best friends.He is putting his squad through their paces in Dubai during United’s mid-season warm weather training camp.Solskjaer revealed there have been some friendly arguments after practice games but said he wants to see even more niggle.“You don’t have to be best friends,” said Solskjaer. “The team spirit is great. We had one or two fights, but that’s just the demand, the standards you set.“If the session ends with a little bit of a quarrel I don’t mind that, because it means they’re winners, they want to improve.“If you settle for losing in training, you’ll lose when a game when it really matters.“It’s a long, hard season. You’ve got to deal with the wins, defeats, setbacks and players not playing.“They all want to play, but they all want the best for their mates and everyone understands it’s a team game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoMan City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his placeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place at right-back.The manager has started Kyle Walker on the bench for City’s last two league games as he went with Danilo.“I think they know that already, but maybe you realise more on the bench,” said the Catalan. “They know it.“From the beginning of the season, we spoke about that. We can imagine a different starting XI and not everyone can play.“When we don’t win, it’s always ‘Why didn’t we play this guy?’ When we win, people don’t think about the players who don’t play. But the players who don’t play know they have to be at a high level, because the other ones, if they’re injured, they can play.”Guardiola claimed Brazilian Danilo earned his chance.“There’s no doubt about how important Kyle is for us, so we need him,” he said. “We need the best Kyle.“But one day I decided to put Danilo in and he played top, so I gave him more minutes because he also said he’d arrived here from Real Madrid and I’d never given him four or five games in a row.“You can’t judge a player when he plays once and then has three or four games beside me [on the bench]. The players need time.“The winter time was so demanding, I decided to put Danilo in for a game and he played well. So I said I wanted him for one or two more games.” last_img read more

The ZipR from ZapperBox TV technology providers Z

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first_imgThe Zip-R from ZapperBoxTV technology providers ZapperBox and Access and connected home chipset specialist Entropic have teamed up to launch a new HDMI dongle device aimed at enabling cable operators to deliver IP video around the home.ZapperBox’s dongle, the Zip-R, can run the full RDK stack with HTML5 and the DLNA’s CVP-2 guidelines, also known as VidiPath, the DLNA’s remote user interface guidelines that are designed to allow consumers to securely stream content from their service provider set-top box to other devices in the home.The Zip-R is designed to enable cable providers to transition to in-home IP video distribution. The devices comes with a proprietary eight-pin connector that ZapperBox says can deliver a range of optional connectivity direct from the power adapter, including MoCA, Ethernet and Powerline.The Zip-R is based on the EN7589 chipset from Entropic and incorporates Access’s NetFront Living Connect 3.1 technology. Access announced at CES this week that its Chromium Blink-based NetFront BE browser now supports DLNA VidiPath.“The transition to open standards such as DLNA is shifting software development away from traditional set-top box makers, creating a new ecosystem driven by innovation. This solution, which combines Access’s DLNA and Browser expertise, Entropic’s EN7589 dual-core ARM-based System on Chip, and our industry-leading HDMI stick form factor, is a prime example of that ecosystem in practice,” said Mark Samuel, CEO of ZapperBox.“Our partnerships with ZapperBox and Entropic demonstrate ACCESS’ ongoing commitment to innovative, cost-effective solutions for the cable industry. The integration of NetFront Living Connect 3.1 with the DLNA VidiPath on the innovative ZapperBox Zip-R stick, based on Entropic’s EN7589 SoC, showcases how operators can merge technology, security, and simplicity to meet consumer demand for universal content across all devices,” said Neale Foster, COO and VP global sales, TV, Access Europe.last_img read more

Content security specialist Nagra has announced su

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first_imgContent security specialist Nagra has announced support for Android TV with an end-to-end user experience ecosystem.Having launched 15 Android device deployments since 2014, delivering OTT and hybrid TV services to more than 10 million consumer devices worldwide, Nagra has now included Android TV into its end-to-end solution portfolio for pay TV service providers.OpenTV Signature Edition, Nagra’s pre-integrated and ready-to-launch OTT solution, now features an Android TV Operator Tier solution.OpenTV Signature Edition delivers a unified user experience across all screens through a user interface that blends traditional and modern navigation paths to linear and on-demand content, according to Nagra.“Operating within an end-to-end TV framework like OpenTV Signature Edition, an Android TV-based solution offers pay-TV operators a compelling TV experience that engages consumers and drives active content monetization,” said Holger Ippach, SVP, user experience product unit for Nagra.“We have been successfully embracing Android for mobile devices and tablets for years, and now with support for Android TV, we can help our customers benefit from everything it has to offer.”Nagra will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.C81.last_img read more

Human sperm retains its complete viability within different gravitational conditions

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first_imgRadiation impairs the quality and viability of human sperm, and these effects are expected to be greater on fresh sperm than on frozen samples, which are cryopreserved in special cryostraws and transported in cryotanks. So our first step was to investigate gravity conditions and frozen sperm samples. Our best option will be to perform the experiment using real spaceflight, but access is very limited.”Dr Montserrat Boada from Dexeus Women’s Health in Barcelona Source:European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Zillionaires like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who see the ‘colonization’ of space as an answer to the Earth’s ever threatened resources will be reassured to learn that human sperm retains its complete viability within the different gravitational conditions found in outer space.In a study reported today at the 35th Annual Meeting of ESHRE investigators said that the lack of difference in a range of sperm characteristics observed in frozen sperm samples exposed to microgravity and those maintained in ground conditions ‘open the possibility of safely transporting male gametes to space and considering the possibility of creating a human sperm bank outside Earth’.The results are presented here in Vienna by Dr Montserrat Boada from Dexeus Women’s Health in Barcelona, whose group worked with microgravity engineers from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. The Aeroclub Barcelona-Sabadell of Spain was responsible for the parabolic flights to create microgravity conditions.As background to the study, Dr Boada explained that, while the effects of microgravity on the cardiovascular, musculo-skeletal and central nervous systems are well known and tested in space flight, relatively little is known about the effects of different gravitational environments on human sperm and eggs. ‘Some studies suggest a significant decrease in the motility of human fresh sperm samples,’ said Dr Boada, ‘but nothing has been reported on the possible effects of gravitational differences on frozen human gametes, in which state they would be transported from Earth to space.’The study was performed using a small aerobatic training aircraft (CAP10), which can provide short-duration hypogravity exposure. The plane executed a series of 20 parabolic maneuvers, providing 8 seconds of microgravity for each parabola. Overall, ten sperm samples obtained from ten healthy donors were analyzed after exposure to the different microgravities found in space and ground gravity.Related StoriesRecurrent pregnancy loss may be caused by sperm DNA damage, finds studySperm quality among Swiss men in ‘critical state’, say expertsLong-term cryopreservation of semen does not affect future clinical outcomesThe sperm analysis comprised a full range of measurements currently performed for fertility testing – concentration, motility, vitality, morphology and DNA fragmentation – and results found no difference whatsoever in any of the parameters between the microgravity space samples and the control group samples from Earth. Indeed, said Dr Boada, there was 100% concordance in DNA fragmentation rate and vitality, and 90% concordance in sperm concentration and motility. These minor differences, she added, ‘were more probably related to heterogeneity of the sperm sample than to the effect of exposure to different gravity conditions’.Dr Boada described this as a preliminary study and her group will now move on to validate the results and then to larger sperm samples, longer periods of microgravity and even fresh sperm. ‘But we do need to know,’ she added. ‘If the number of space missions increases in the coming years, and are of longer duration, it is important to study the effects of long-term human exposure to space in order to face them. It’s not unreasonable to start thinking about the possibility of reproduction beyond the Earth.’Dr Boada noted that one reason for using frozen sperm in this study was the known effect of radiation on fresh sperm.last_img read more

Japan startup Mercari soars in first day of Tokyo trade

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first_img Citation: Japan start-up Mercari soars in first day of Tokyo trade (2018, June 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-japan-start-up-mercari-soars-day.html The company initially priced its stock at 3,000 yen ($27.30) a share, at the top of a prospective range.But that price was quickly surpassed on Tuesday, with shares trading at around 5,300 yen at the close, valuing the firm at over 700 billion yen ($6.37 billion).”Mercari got off to a flying start” with investors impressed by its successful business model, Shinichi Yamamoto, a broker at Okasan Securities, told AFP.The online marketplace, started in 2013, allows users to buy and sell everything from clothes and electronic goods to event tickets.Payment is not validated until the purchased item is received by the buyer, which has reassured users wary of buying second-hand goods online.Mercari has attracted international attention for its steady growth. It says it has around one million products on sale on any given day and generates $100 million a month in transactions globally.”We felt it was the right moment to go public,” founder Shintaro Yamada said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.The app has tapped into a relatively new but vibrant market in Japan for second-hand goods, which has also seen success for bricks-and-mortar stores specialising in used books and electronics.Yamada has said the idea for the app came to him as he travelled abroad and saw the appetite for used goods and the power of mobile shopping.”Things that don’t have value for oneself have a lot for others and our goal is to become an international marketplace,” Yamada added Tuesday.”We’ll feel that we succeeded when the platform is not only a success in the United States but at an global level.”Mercari has already begun expanding overseas, launching in the United States in 2014 and in Britain in 2017, and is expected to plough some of the funds raised by its share offering into further international expansion. Flea market app Mercari soared Tuesday as it debuted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a major success for a rare Japanese “unicorn”—a start-up valued over $1 billion. Japanese messaging app Line raises over $1.1 billion in IPO Chairman Shintaro Yamada (front 3rd L) and president Fumiaki Koizumi (front 3rd R) of Mercari, a Japanese flea market app, pose with other officers at the Tokyo Stock Exchange to celebrate their company’s debutcenter_img © 2018 AFP Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Supreme Court judges to contribute to Kerala flood relief fundSupreme Court judges

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first_imgKerala flood relief and aid organisation The judges of the Supreme Court will contribute to the Kerala flood relief fund, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said today. A bench comprising CJI and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud made the observation during the hearing of a PIL that had sought barring of lawmakers from practising in courts across the country.“We are also making some contribution. Judges of this court are also making contribution for the flood relief fund,” the bench said. The observation came after Attorney General K K Venugopal referred to the “grave tragedy” that has struck Kerala rendering 10 million people homeless. The AG had earlier donated Rs one crore to the flood relief fund.Many other senior lawyers have also contributed significant amounts towards the relief fund. The south Indian state is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers in spate. A body blow has been dealt to the state known for its scenic natural beauty, with its infrastructure, standing crops and tourism facilities getting severely hit.As per official records yesterday, 7,24,649 lakh people were housed in 5,645 relief camps across the state. The deadly monsoon rains have so far claimed 210 lives since August 8. Published on August 20, 2018 COMMENT File Photo of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.   –  PTI SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty to add 3 more properties in KeralaGrand Hyatt

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first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty (GHB), which has completed one year of operations, is adding three more properties in the hospitality sector in Kerala at an investment of around Rs 1,000 crore.The new properties under the brand Hyatt Regency, would come up in suburban Malayattur on the banks of the River Periyar, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram within one year.“Of late, tourist arrivals to Kerala, especially from West Asia, Europe, the UK and US have started picking up. We are looking at a 7-8 per cent growth this year, with improved air connectivity and a better business environment”, said Shrikant Wakharkar, General Manager, GHB.Key segments such as MICE, leisure and corporate travel to Kochi are on the rise, thanks to the proactive steps taken by Kerala Tourism in promoting the state. Despite adverse conditions such as the floods and Nipah Virus issues last year, GHB managed to record 40 per cent room occupancy, which is a healthy sign as per international standards.“We expect more dynamic changes in the hospitality industry in Kerala, especially with seamless air connectivity offered by four airports. The commencement of direct flights from Tel Aviv to Kochi by Arkia is expected to increase tourist arrivals”, he told BusinessLine.On the beefing up of security in the aftermath of terrorist strikes in Sri Lankan hotels, he said: “We don’t have to wait for Sri Lanka to happen, to tighten our security. Security is our priority and our staff, who have worked in other Hyatt properties, have the exposure to handle any emergency situation.”Asked whether Kerala as a tourist destination could cash in on the business opportunity in the wake of terror-related issues in the island nation, Wakharkar said: “We may be one of the destinations. But it would be spread across other tourist destinations such as Goa, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and even Bangkok”.He suggested a uniform tax structure, as the current GST rates are on the higher side. Besides, room rates, especially in the major metros vis-a-vis Asian countries, are on the lower side. A hike in room rates would improve the profitability of the hospitality sector, he added. tourism and leisure hotel and hospitality SHARE Kerala May 05, 2019 Published on Kochi COMMENTSlast_img read more

AmInvest Research retains Neutral on EMS players for H2

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first_img“VSI’s 4Q is anticipated to register similar profits based on its current order visibility, also owing to the 4Q being a seasonally stronger quarter for one of its key Malaysian operations customer, Keurig,” AmInvest Research says. Related News Related News KUALA LUMPUR: AmInvestment Research is retaining its Neutral stance on Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) players for 2H19.It said on Friday the manufacturers’ positive prospects tied to the production of household general products such as V.S. Industry (VSI) and ATA IMS (ATA) have been fairly factored in.The research house said ATA’s 4QFY19 results were below expectations at RM21mil due to lower box-build orders as there were less working days attributed to festive seasons, and higher taxation seen for the quarter as some expenses were being disallowed for tax purposes. “ATA’s FY20 earnings are expected to be boosted by higher sales orders from its key customer following the addition of two assembly lines,” it said. VSI’s 3QFY19 results were slightly above expectations at RM22mil, despite a 22% decline in core profit and 10% fall in revenue due to slowdown in orders for its key customer in its Malaysian segment.The decline in box build orders for its key customer’s floorcare products was not as severe as initially anticipated while the customer’s beauty product sales boosted orders. “VSI’s 4Q is anticipated to register similar profits based on its current order visibility, also owing to the 4Q being a seasonally stronger quarter for one of its key Malaysian operations customer, Keurig.“VSI currently has 3.5 lines running for the key customer, producing a mixture of a personal care product and floorcare products while ATA has 14 lines for its key customer with a broad product range of floorcare products and healthy lifestyle products, after adding two assembly lines for FY20F on the back of growing orders,” it said.To recap, AmInvest Research said VSI and ATA are diversifying their customer base through securing new customers.In March 2019, VSI entered into a master supply agreement with Bissell in March 2019, where the group has dedicated a 160,000 sqft plant to the customer that is equipped with injection moulding facilities, assembly lines, a warehouse and test lab. Bissell’s earnings contribution kicks in from FY20F onwards with sales anticipated to reach RM1.2bil by CY2022. VSI is expected to mass produce one model of its carpet cleaner in August 2019. Higher margins are expected for Bissell relative to VSI’s other customers due to the ability to choose and negotiate its own suppliers which could potentially lead to margin savings.As for ATA secured a contract to manufacture a household appliance equipped with Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities. The group has allocated 1 line for the customer but the contribution is expected to be negligible at 1–2% of total revenue. Although production volume is low, ATA is keen to explore the potential of IoT capabilities.AmInvest Research said vertical integration positioning translates to more job wins.It pointed out VSI is a known vertically-integrated player with tooling, plastic injection, PCBA and assembling capabilities, which give it an edge compared with peers who lack PCBA or tooling capabilities. However, local peer SKP Resources (SKP) has recently added PCBA capabilities, commencing in 1H19.Meanwhile, ATA has also bumped up its efforts to be vertically-integrated by adding 4 capabilities i.e. PCBA, battery pack, wire harness and brush bar assembly in order to be self-sufficient and reduce reliance on external suppliers.  Analyst Reports Business News 05 Jul 2019 AmInvest Research neutral on O&G, top picks Serba Dinamik, Dialog ATA’s group chairman Datuk Seri Foo Chee Juan said the company has eight surface-mount technology (SMT) lines on the private side and plans to increase this to 18 lines by 2HCY19, with plans to inject the PCBA and battery pack capabilities into ATA by mid-2021. Wire harness production will commence in August 2019 while brush bar assembly will start production at end-CY2019, with contributions expected in 2HFY20 and 4QFY20 respectively.Following the US-China trade war, VSI has received enquiries from MNCs looking to shift or diversify their manufacturing bases from China to Southeast Asia. The group is in the midst of discussion with various prospects and is positive on its potential to  secure new orders and/or customers as it has a 180K sqft factory which will be ready by end-CY2019 to accommodate new prospects.AmInvest Research said it may upgrade the sector to Overweight (i) the companies secure major orders and/or key customers which boosts box-build orders; and (ii) performance of overseas operations (such as VSI’s) improves due to better cost-saving initiatives and comeback in sales orders. Analyst Reports 11 Jun 2019 AmInvest Research neutral on property sector, Sunway, IOI Prop top picks Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Analyst Reports 08 Jul 2019 AmInvest Research keeps forecasts on Sime Darby, maintains Hold calllast_img read more